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For more information visit www.meetinireland.co.uk email info@meetinireland.co.uk or call 020 7518 0800.In Dublin, you'll find exciting new venues like the Convention Centre Dublin and Aviva Stadium, as well as facilities, technologies and accommodation options that can ensure your conference is a success. Beyond that, Dublin's doorstep offers the perfect combination of a tranquil location with easy access. You'll find a people and a place whose natural creativity can unleash yours. Welcome to excellent conferencing.Welcome to Dublin and Dublin's Doorstep.190 routes to Dublin Airport. 8,000 capacity National Conference Centre. 20,000 hotel rooms.100,000 welcomes.

THE CCDThe long-awaited Convention Centre, Dublin, officially opened forbusiness on 7 September after 40 months of construction, andanticipation. Sarah O'Donnellwalks the floor to see what it will offerthe local and international meetings industry. October 2010 Conference+Meetings World www.c-mw.net 23A centre forconversationThe grand opening of the ConventionCentre, Dublin (The CCD), waswelcomed by a host of local meetingsindustry professionals, who hope Ireland cannow seriously compete in the internationalassociation meetings market. As Ireland's first purpose-built conferencecentre, which is a result of a Public PrivatePartnership between the Irish Governmentand Spencer Dock Convention CentreDublin, the venue can host events for up to8,000 people. The CCD's management is the NECGroup, which runs the InternationalConvention Centre in Birmingham and iscontracted to the new build for 25 years.The venue's CEO, Nick Waight, says 150events have already been secured worth?110m (£91m) in economic benefit forDublin. He adds that if every delegateconfirmed for these bookings, the figurewould be closer to ?400m. Those first to book into the new meetingsspace include The International BarAssociation, due in October 2012 for over3,000 delegates; the International StatisticsInstitute, August 2011, also for 3,000delegates; and the International AssociationVolunteer Effort, September 2012, with2,000 delegates. Banqueting events already posted on thebooks include Ireland Stand Up To Cancer,October 2010; and the Irish HospitalityInstitute Founders Banquet and HospitalityAwards, November 2010."The opening of the CCD marks thebeginning of a new era for convention andbusiness tourism in Ireland," said theTaoiseach, Brian Cowen, at the openingceremony. "Tourism is a vital export industryfor Ireland and is an essential part of theGovernment's strategy for economicrecovery and job creation."The CCD, located on the banks of TheRiver Liffey, claims to be the world's firstcarbon neutral convention centre and wasdesigned by Pritzker-Prize winning and Irish-born architect, Kevin Roche. "We startedwith a very ambitious programme that hadto be positioned on a small site," saidRoche. "The space began to developvertically and in the end this enabled us tocreate a venue that I hope people will wantto visit again and again. This is key; theconvention centre is not just the norm, andevery space where a delegate meets canspark conversation and an exchange ofideas."The venue is the first Irish public accessbuilding in the last 100 or so years and itsgreen credentials are of the highestimportance to its management. The team isworking towards the long-termenvironmental sustainability accreditation inaccordance with ISO 14001. Key to this wasits implementation of a 100 per centrenewable energy source via wind or wavepower and a waste management system toreduce traditional output by 85 per cent. To coincide with the launch of The CCD,Tourism Ireland has launched its freeConference CO2calculator app for theiPhone, which it claims is the first of its kindfrom a tourist board. The app has beendeveloped for conference and eventsprofessionals to check the carbon emissionsassociated with international delegate traveland offers tips on hosting greener meetings.Users are able to specify unlimiteddelegate departure locations, compare theemissions associated with air travel to????. 22 meeting rooms. 2,000-seat auditorium with fulltheatrical stage and fly tower. 4,500sqm of exhibition space. Theatre capacity for 3,000delegates in The Forum. Banqueting facilities for up to5,000 guests. Two large cargo lifts, which costover ?3m, including a truckcontainer lift. Located beside the new 'LUAS'tram line with its own station. Minutes from Dublin Port FerryTerminal. Only 20 minutes from DublinAirport. Within walking distance of hotels,restaurants, theatres, cafes andmany visitor attractions. The Liffey Suite can accommodate250,000 pints of Guinness.The CCD quick factsThe CCD sits proud and open for business on the banks of The Liffey